Situated in the heart of the Fraser Valley, one of the most geographically stunning regions of British Columbia, Abbotsford is an agriculture-based City with a population of approximately 135,000. It is a popular visitor stopover point for U.S. travellers north bound to the Yukon and Alaska and Canadians travelling east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway. Although often looked upon as part of the Greater Vancouver region due to being adjacent to Langley (which is), it is officially not considered part of it.
Abbotsford is served by the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. YXX's motto is "a good hassle free alternative" to Vancouver International (YVR), with daily, non-stop flights to and from: Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria, plus connections and stop over flights to other domestic and international destinations. Weekly winter charter flights are offered to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Scheduled airlines include Airspeed Aviation and WestJet. Transat Holidays is the primary tour operator.
In-Terminal auto rentals include Avis, Budget and National.
Taxi service is available, but there is no shuttle or transit service.
YXX is approximately 80 minutes away from YVR, 60 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 10 minutes from the city centre of Abbotsford, 2 1/2 hours from Whistler, 45 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs, and 40 minutes from Bellingham Airport (BLI) in Washington state.
Abbotsford can be reached by public transit from Vancouver and Surrey. Translink's Route #502 (Surrey Central to Aldergrove via Langley Centre) connects to ValleyMAX Route #21 (Aldergrove Connector) at 272nd St & Fraser Hwy in Aldergrove.
The fare from Abbotsford to Aldergrove is $2.25. There are no transfers between ValleyMAX and Translink. The Translink fare on weekdays before 630PM is $2.75 to Surrey, $4:00 to New Westminster / Burnaby, and $5.50 to Vancouver. Evenings and all day weekends and holidays, the Translink fare is a flat $2.75. (Adult)
Located 15 minutes north of Abbotsford in Mission, this commuter rail service travels westbound to Vancouver during the morning rush hour and eastbound to Mission during the evening rush hour, with a couple of additional off-peak bus trips. Fare prices for travel to & from Vancouver Waterfront Station are: $12.25 one-way / $23.00 return (Adult)
Via Rail technically provides passenger train service to Abbotsford, although it is serviced only by westbound trains on the Toronto - Vancouver 'Canadian' operating 2-3 days/week, and the "station" (just a sign post) is well to the north of the city in an agricultural area. Eastbound trains stop in Mission.
U.S. border crossing
A 24-hour border crossing to and from Washington State is maintained on Highway 11 south of Abbotsford, entering Washington at the town of Sumas. The nearest alternate border crossing is just west of Abbotsford's city limits south of the Langley community of Aldergrove on Highway 13, though this crossing is not open 24 hours a day.
Abbotsford is rather spread out, so a car is very helpful.
The City does have a public transit bus system that can get visitors between major shopping areas and around the area. For routes and schedules, visit the official site, http://www.bctransit.com/regions/cfv/. In addition to connecting to Aldergrove, the transit system provides regular service north to Mission and south to Huntingdon at the US border. ValleyMax fares are $2.25 (adult - valid for up to 90 minutes for travel on ValleyMAX route(s)) or $5.65 (day pass).
The widest selection of auto rentals are available at and near the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Some auto rentals are located within the City.
Abbotsford is well known for its Agri-Tourism attractions. Tourism Abbotsford publishes annually a Circle Farm Tour Guide highlighting some of British Columbia's most unique rural attractions during the summer. A winter version of the publication is available, named Passport to Christmas.
Other popular activities include visiting Clayburn Village Store for tea or coffee, learning about our pioneer heritage at Trethewey House Museum and unique shopping in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. For kids, the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery and Castle Fun Park are popular spots.
Abbotsford boasts some of the finest sports facilities and parks in British Columbia which are popular among visitors. Known also as "Sports Town Canada," Abbotsford attracts dozens of provincial and national sports events annually. The Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League play at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Center from October through April.
During a visit to Abbotsford, be sure to learn more about the City's history, attractions and ethnic diversity by stopping at one of the City's two Visitor Centres on Sumas Way (Highway 11) and domestic arrivals lounge in the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) Terminal.
For a unique shopping experience, be sure to check out Historic Downtown Abbotsford and Clayburn Village Store in the community of Clayburn Village.
For the literary crowd, Hemingway's New and Used Bookstore, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Abbotsford, has one of the largest selections of new and used books in the area. Specializing in fiction and military history, the store holds thousands of titles in numerous categories, and is open 7 days a week.
Rural retailers can be found throughout the City's agricultural areas. Refer to the Passport to Christmas and Circle Farm Tour Guide available at one of two Visitor Centres on Sumas Way (Highway 11) or in the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) Terminal.
Abbotsford boasts many large shopping plazas, plus one indoor mall - Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Almost all of Canada's major retailers can be found in Abbotsford.
There are many places to eat in Abbotsford.